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Mikenoangelo
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« Reply #240 on: 06 June, 2021, 08:09:52 PM »

Lovely work! Our Salmson had trouble with the gearbox input shaft bearing due to a misalignment between geerbox bell housing and the rear of the crankcase (the box was not the original to the car), and solved it by using a double row selfaligning bearing. It has done 70 or 80,000 km since then.
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« Reply #241 on: 01 August, 2021, 06:27:19 AM »

Lastweek the painted parts could finally be picked up.
First thing I wanted to do is get the instrument panels in place, so that the electrics could be connected and tested before the engine gets in the way.  As already mentionned earlier I decided to group all non-original electrics on a small PCB, hidden away in a box under the dashboard.
This enables me to keep the looks in the engine compartment as original as possible.  It contains relays for headlamps, stop lights, fuel pump, provides for a backup for the original Bosch headlight dipping unit, and direction indicators.  Every wire leaving has it's own seperate fuse.
It was a bit of a hassle to get all the wires connected in the small box, but getting there.
Rear lamp units and front direction indicators were assembled using LED lamps, as there simply was no way I could get old style lamps and fittings into the housings.  Only for the number plate lamp I used a normal 4 watt bulb, as that one is rather visible through the white glass.

Finally then the dashboard panel could be assembled and installed, and the bosh HS switch unit connected up.

The new Hella LED flasher unit was a hugh dissapointment though, as it needs you to put resistors in parralel to the lamps to get it to operate properly, which I find not acceptable, and wonder why they then market it a a LED flasher unit.  Another more suitable one has been ordered now...

Hope to get the headlamps on later this week...


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Mikenoangelo
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« Reply #242 on: 01 August, 2021, 08:53:19 AM »

Super work - I wish I had your technogical knowledge!
I have found that LED flashing indicators are very unreliable and would not bother with them - the saving on power is negligable. I have found that flasher control units work poorly unless you incorporate a normal bulb somewhere out of sight to provide extra resistance. I also found that the LEDs can pick up enough energy to flash weakly by induction from the ignition HT system! Because the current draw is so low, LEDs also are extemely sensitive to any poor contacts in the earth return, particularly if this is not wired and is via the chassis. Altogether not worth the effort.

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« Reply #243 on: 04 August, 2021, 03:23:11 PM »

Mike, your remarks are certainly true, and I only opted for LED (they are flat discs 5cm diameter) as I just could not find a way to fit two 21W bulbs into the tiny lamp housings, which I found too nice not to use, although they are not original.  (they are Topolino Furgoncino items)

Hopefully the new flasher relay that is now underway will resolve my problem, it has four outputs and thus every lamp/LED can be monitored seperately. 

Did some cleaning up/painting on the brass plates, do you still recognize it?  It will certainly enhance the looks of the engine compartment!!!
In the second picture the one on the left is a reproduction, but it doen't look as nice by far IMO....thanks again for that plate!


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« Reply #244 on: 04 August, 2021, 06:06:58 PM »

I'm glad to see that the lubrication plate has a good new home - it's cleaned up well.
Another thought on flasher units. How about clockwork?  The  Citroen 2cv used a  mechanical switch and I think reproductions are still available. That avoids the issues.

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« Reply #245 on: 05 August, 2021, 07:54:43 AM »

Yes Mike, And I have a clockwork switch in the car, but I wanted emergency winkers as well, too often I was glad to have those....so wanted them on the Lambda too!
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« Reply #246 on: 07 August, 2021, 06:31:55 PM »

Bit of a setback finding that my rear axle housing after assembly turned out to be twisted, and bent!  Another lesson not to take anything for granted....both halves on itself looked OK, but following final assembly and adjustment it just is no good in this form.

Currently sent out some messages hoping to find a replacement, so here the sam question: if anyone has a spare housing (the two trumpets) or even only a LHS (of car) half that would be most helpfull!

I suppose if nothing can be found I could get it fixed, but it will be quite a job, as only slight bending could be easily done, but the twist is 2.5 degrees which is A LOT, and would mean cutting the welds, reposition and re-weld, not favourable IMO...
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« Reply #247 on: 07 August, 2021, 08:28:32 PM »

What rotten luck Koen. Must have had quite a bump to do that. Just a thought could you solve the twist by welding up and re-drilling the stud holes on the trumpet? The bend might be harder to deal with.

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« Reply #248 on: 08 August, 2021, 08:54:18 AM »

Sadly no Mike, the diff housing has the nose for the pinion housing incorperated in it, so there is no turning.  I think the only solution would be to cut the steel tube at the side, fit a short piece of tube inside to strenghten and then weld, with some spot welds to the inner tube.  Not the most elegant but it could be done.

The axle came in parts to me when I bought the car, and when spit it is very hard to spot the problem...I should have known better and dry built it first....

But; through the wonders of the forum a solution might be in the making!
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